Aston Villa’s hopes of an automatic promotion spot in the English Championship are all but over after a damaging 1-0 defeat away to Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.
The match was a chance to close the gap on Cardiff City, who are due to play tomorrow, but the Villans find themselves seven points behind having played a game more.
Steve Bruce’s side have also dropped down to fourth in the table, with Fulham leapfrogging them on goal difference after a draw at home to Queens Park Rangers.
Fans were left frustrated with the result and performance, with particularly criticism aimed at midfielder Birkir Bjarnason.
The Icelandic international was off the pace all afternoon and failed to deal with the physical battle offered by Phil Parkinson’s relegation threatened side.
After two consecutive defeats, supporters will now be hoping that their side can regain confidence ahead of the play-offs, with promotion to the Premier League absolutely crucial for their long-term ambitions.
They took to Twitter to discuss Bjarnason’s performance…
All those #avfc clamouring for Bjarnason to start, where are you now. Worst player on the pitch by a country mile. Not a single player can be proud of that performance.
— Shaun Sandell (@pl6pilgrim) March 17, 2018
I’d be interested to see how many times Bjarnason lost the ball/incomplete passes! And, still managed to stay on the pitch? #avfc
— Craig (@Crayy_G) March 17, 2018
— Noel Kavanagh-kavcam (@kavcam) March 17, 2018
— Matt Quinn (@Mattqu) March 17, 2018
— Mikey Clarke (@Mikey3Clarke) March 17, 2018
Has Bjarnason completed a pass to a #avfc player??
— Jay Willis (@jmw1309) March 17, 2018
That was awful… how Bjarnason has played 90 minutes I will never know… worst performance by a single player… at fault for the goal and continually gave the ball away… what’s up with Lansbury like??????
— Matty Marshall (@MattyMarshall01) March 17, 2018
Simply don't understand Bruce sometimes. When the game cries out for mobility he opts for Jedinak and when we need aerial ability he goes for Bjarnason.
— Mowgs (@ghartless) March 17, 2018
Bjarnason has been bloody dreadful today. Couldn't pass wind.
— Jonah (@Barters27) March 17, 2018